Alain Desrochers


Alain Desrochers
Full Professor

Ph.D., Psychologie, University of Western Ontario, London, 1981
M.A., Psychologie, University of Western Ontario, London, 1977
B.A., Psychologie, Université McGill, Montréal, 1975

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Alain Desrochers


Alain Desrochers is professor at the School of Psychology of the University of Ottawa. He holds a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. His area of expertise is psycholinguistics and reading processes. He is the director of the Cognitive Psychology of Language Laboratory (CPLL) and he leads the Literacy Development Research Group (LDRG) both at the University of Ottawa. His research program aims at investigating the historical evolution of alphabetic languages, the development of standardized tests for the assessment of reading skills in French, the development of reading skills among French- and English-speaking children, the cognitive processes that support fluent reading in French-, English-, and Spanish-speaking adults, and quantitative analysis of the French and English lexicons.

  • Full Professor
  • Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Research Interests :

  • Cognitive psychology of language
  • Reading acquisition in children
  • Adult reading processes
  • Development of tools for the assessment of reading and writing skills

Key Words:

development of language assessment tools, cognitive psychology of language, language processing, reading processes, eye movement measurement in reading,

Fields of Interest

  • Cognitive psychology of language
  • language processing (lexical, syntactic, semantic)
  • Reading processes in adults and children
  • Eye movements in reading
  • language assessment with normal and disabled readers
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